Assistant Director, GA Programming

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 06, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Assistant Director, Programming


Team: General Audience Programming

Status: Full-Time/Regular/Exempt


The Assistant Director, Programming is a key member of the Programming team, serving as the PBS liaison between producers, GA Programming and internal stakeholders. The Assistant Director is responsible for cultivating relationships with NPS program providers and guiding them through PBS expectations and procedures, coordinating deliverables, maintaining schedules, and providing editorial feedback in partnership with editorial leads.


Essential duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish and maintain project framework, production schedules and milestones; coordinate appropriate meetings with key staff and outside partners
  • Guide communications between producers and PBS Programming, Content Services, Program Business Affairs, Program Underwriting Policy, Marketing and Communications, PBS Interactive and other internal concerns
  • Proactively follow-through on all key project deliverables to ensure timely receipt of assets for on-air and promotional opportunities
  • Work with Programming Directors and Vice Presidents in content review and editorial development
  • Field questions from internal stakeholders and partners seeking project information
  • Screen programs in production for FCC compliance issues and create flag reports for producers and internal departments
  • Oversee timely and proper preparation of titles for on-air
  • Assist Programming team in identification and preparation of materials for internal and external presentations

Requirements for success:

  • 3-5 years experience in television production and programming
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field with experience in a public broadcasting environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience working directly in an editorial capacity to develop and review program content
  • Experience negotiating with producers on the subject of deliverables and other matters related to broadcast
  • Experience working in film/video production, post-production and final finishing capacities from technical, managerial and editorial perspectives
  • Experience with identifying and evaluating sensitive or problematic material in programs
  • General knowledge of content development and production
  • Excellent communication and follow-up skills; capable of working on multiple projects in various stages of production in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • A ‘can do’ positive attitude and love of collaborating with multiple teammates
  • Ability to monitor timelines and adjust work as needed, prioritizing the most important pieces to achieve incredible success
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow through proactively on projects until completion
  • Ability to work under stressful circumstances, react to change productively, and handle other duties as assigned
  • Excellent writing and editing skills 
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Understanding of PBS guidelines and industry practices with respect to broadcast production is desirable
  • Familiarity with public television programming
  • Knowledge of public television guidelines and practices in regard to program distribution is a plus
  • Familiarity with PBS operations and procedures is desirable

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities


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